Saki “The Storyteller” Short Story Literary Analysis & Irony, PDF & Google Drive

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Laura Randazzo
Grade Levels
7th - 10th, Homeschool
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10-page PDF + Google Drive versions of student handouts (uneditable)
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My students really enjoy this story, and they always have strong opinions about it! This resource really gets them thinking.
This, like Laura's other resources, is extensive and engaging for teaching this resource. My students found it enjoyable, and so did I. Thanks!


Use these materials to reinforce students’ understanding of the three types of irony (situational irony, verbal irony, and dramatic irony) and facilitate a deep reading and discussion of Saki’s attention-grabbing short story, “The Storyteller.”

This 10-page PDF package (with Google Drive versions of all student handouts) includes:

• Step-by-step suggested lesson procedure (can be left as an emergency sub plan!) with high-quality audiobook link

• Warm-up grid worksheet where students determine whether real-life scenarios are examples of situational irony, verbal irony, or dramatic irony (includes answer key)

• Full-text copy of “The Storyteller,” a public domain short story by Saki (H.H. Munro)

• Handout with 14 short answer questions designed to get teens thinking deeply about the text (includes answer key)

• A 16-item assessment/quiz designed to be used a day or two after the lesson to determine whether students understand the differences between situational, verbal, and dramatic irony

Both the warm-up grid worksheet and 16-item assessment/quiz do not need to be used with Saki’s “The Storyteller” in order to be effective. They were designed to complement Saki’s short story, but they also work as stand-alone activities to reinforce students’ understanding of the three types of irony.

Please note: This item is NOT included in my four-week short story bundle.

This item is, though, included in my English 9-10 full-year curriculum. If you already own the full-year download, please do not purchase this item here individually. If you’d like to receive this item plus everything else needed to teach 180 days of English 9 or English 10 at a deeply discounted price, click here to learn more about the full-year curriculum download.

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Cover image credit: Pixabay, Public domain

Total Pages
10-page PDF + Google Drive versions of student handouts (uneditable)
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.


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